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It's breakfast and baseball for Saints

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The saying goes that the early bird gets the worm. On Sunday, the early bird got to see a baseball game.

In honor of Mother's Day, the St. Paul Saints began their exhibition game against the Sioux Falls Canaries at 5:35 a.m. The Saints said they started the game early so fans could take in some baseball before spending the day with their moms.

It was still dark when the teams took the field at Midway Stadium, but that didn't stop 2,253 die-hard fans from coming out, team officials said.

Some 280 fans slept in tents overnight and were awakened at 4 a.m., when they left the field for a breakfast of cereal and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

The Saints tied the Canaries 6-6. The independent Northern League exhibition game was called after nine innings by mutual agreement.

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The Canaries roughed up St. Paul pitcher Jeff Reboin for five fourth-inning runs en route to a 6-0 lead. But the Saints got back three runs without a hit in the sixth inning, when Sioux Falls pitcher T.J. Leonard walked five and hit a batter. Tim Marks' two-run single capped another three-run outburst and tied the game.

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